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How to Add Password to Local Account in Windows 10

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Using a strong password is among the most important steps you can take to protect your computer from hackers and other unwelcome users.

If you have a local account on the PC, then your Windows password is what you use to sign in to your user account in Windows on the PC.

If you have a Microsoft account, then your password is what you use to sign in to online Microsoft services and Windows on PCs and devices that you use the same Microsoft account on.

When you create a password to sign in to Windows, you can create a hint to help you remember it. If you've already created a password, you'll need to change it in order to create a password hint. If your PC is on a domain, you can't create a password hint.


This tutorial will show you different ways to add a password to your or any local account in Windows 10.

Note   Note
You must add a password before you can use the other sign-on options (ex: PIN or picture password).


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Add Password to your Local Account in Settings app
  • Option Two: To Add Password to any Local Account in Control Panel
  • Option Three: To Add Password to any Local Account in Command Prompt







Password - Add to Local Account in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Password - Add to Local Account in Windows 10
To Add Password to your Local Account in Settings app

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and click/tap on the Add button under Password. (see screenshot below)

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3. Type in a new password and password hint, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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5. You can now close Settings if you like.






Password - Add to Local Account in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Password - Add to Local Account in Windows 10
To Add Password to any Local Account in Control Panel

Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

2. Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)

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3. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

4. Click/tap on a local account (ex: Brink2) that you want to change or remove the password of. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on Create a password. (see screenshot below)

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6. Type in a new password and password hint, and click/tap on Create password. (see screenshot below)

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7. You can close the "Change an Account" Control Panel if you like.

8. Be sure to remember to let the local account know their new password.






Password - Add to Local Account in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Password - Add to Local Account in Windows 10
To Add Password to any Local Account in Command Prompt

Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. To see a list of names for user accounts on the PC, type net users in the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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3. Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

net user "UserName" "Password"

Note   Note
Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual user name of the local account within quotes from step 2 above that you want to add a password to.

Substitute Password in the command above with the actual password within quotes you want to add for the local account.



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4. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.

5. Be sure to remember to let the local account know their new password.



That's it,
Shawn